Accounting - Conversion Course

ATU - Galway Campuses

Accounting - Conversion Course

• The Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting (PDA), which has been running in GMIT since 2010, is designed to fast-track graduates who wish to pursue careers in Accountancy or Taxation.

• It is a one year "conversion programme" aimed at non-accounting graduates from disciplines such as Arts, Computers, Education, Engineering, and Science. Business or Commerce graduates, who have not majored in Accountancy, may also find the programme beneficial.

• The PDA is a dedicated post-graduate course. The small class size facilitates greater interaction for students with lecturers who are experts in their respective fields; this results in an excellent learning environment. Click here to see lecturer profiles.

• Successful completion of the course will give graduates full CAP1 exemptions from Chartered Accountants Ireland, seven of the nine Fundamental ACCA papers and three of the four part 1 Irish Tax Institute papers.

• Accountancy offers a defined career path, while offering a range of employment options.

• Accountancy professionals are consistently in demand in private and public organisations.

• Training as an Accountant offers increasingly varied roles within organisations at the heart of business development.

Course Details
Students undertake an induction course commencing in September and a total of 8 modules, ranging from 5 credits to 15 credit modules.

Lectures are held throughout the week, with total weekly contact hours ranging from 25-28 hours.

Due to the intensive nature of the programme significant additional self-study is also required of students.

This programme includes practical training in computerised accounting packages.
A number of prizes are available to graduates of this programme:
• Grant Thornton awards a prize to the best overall student
• The Irish Taxation Institute recognises the best tax student
• BDO Limerick sponsors the prize for the best student in the financial accounting module
• DHKN Limited sponsors the prize for the best student in the management accounting module.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Business Law
5 credits

Taxation 1 (Post Grad)
5 credits

Ethics, Risk and Corporate Governance
5 credits

Corporate Law
5 credits

Taxation 2 (PG)
5 credits

Financial Accounting
15 credits

Management Accounting (PG)
10 credits

Financial Management
10 credits

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirement is a H2.2 in a non-accounting level 8 degree or an approved equivalent non-accounting qualification. Students who have an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) or equivalent in accounting, achieved outside Ireland are also eligible.

Application dates

Full-time applicants: Apply Online
Part-time applicants: Complete and return the direct application form and the ACCM form.

Important dates
Applications opening date: February 17th, 2022
Applications closing date: 27th May, 2022.


1 year

This programme is a full-time programme with approximately 25 class contact hours per week. It is also possible to study this programme on a part-time basis over a number of years, but please note that classes are scheduled during the day with the full-time students.


Fees: €5,000 (EU Fee). Non-EU Fee - Enquiries to GMIT International Office -

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Job Opportunities
This course is primarily designed for those who wish to pursue a career in Accountancy, although you may choose to utilise your accounting knowledge in conjunction with your primary degree.

The course prepares you for employment in the accounting function of industry and with firms of professional accountants, as well as with other financial services employers. There are many different types of accounting roles, and Accountants today play a very strategic role within business.

The main types of accountants are Professional Accountants (who work in private practice) or Management Accountants (who work in companies), but there are many specialist roles such as Auditors and Taxation Consultants.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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